COATS — In response to a recent decision from Gov. Roy Cooper that keeps current restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, Coats Park and Recreation announced Thursday that it won't hold any fall youth sports programs this year.
"Our main priority has always been the safety of our participants," read a statement from Coats Parks and Rec Director Mike Collins, who also mentioned having the best interest of public health in mind.
"Staying in compliance with these restrictions and guidelines and providing youth sports under these conditions present challenges that are not worth the risk."
Gov. Cooper extended the "Safer at Home" Phase 2 of his reopening plan on Wednesday afternoon, citing metrics that show the coronavirus is still widespread in many communities across the state.
The latest COVID-19 trends in Harnett County show an uptick in cases and fatalities. According to data from the Harnett County Health Department, confirmed cases per week in July surpassed 103 countywide, up from 87 per week in June. Meanwhile, after just a handful of reported COVID-19-related deaths during May and June, as of Thursday, the county reported three deaths this week alone.
Coats Parks and Rec also canceled youth baseball and softball seasons in early June because of the spread locally.
"We truly are saddened about having to make this decision and hope and pray that we get back to some type of normalcy soon," said Collins.
"Until we prepare for our next sports season, please stay safe, wash your hands, wear your mask, and social distance."
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